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The number of Hindus in the Netherlands is estimated as ranging between 100,000 and 200,000. The major group comprises descendants from contract laborers from British India who had settled down in Surinam, which was a Dutch colony at that time. In the period 1873-1916, some 34,000 Hindostanis, mainly from the Bhojpuri region situated in the part of India that was referred to by the British as Hindo(o)st…

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Albertina Nugteren, “Netherlands”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 15 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2012

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